By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Re-electionist Senator Richard J. Gordon today denounced anew the unabated spate of killings involving motorcycle-bound criminals, the latest of which victimized a public school teacher in Amadeo, Cavite.
Gordon, who chairs the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, slammed the prevailing culture of killings in the country, many of which are carried out by motorcycle-bound criminals, also known as “riding-in-tandem.”
“We are once again saddened with the loss of a dedicated educator in Normita ‘Noemi’ Bautista. Her students have lost a veteran teacher who has shaped the lives of generations’ worth of aspiring Filipinos,” he said.
“Hindi ako masasawang tawagan ng pansin an gating otoridad ukol sa riding-in-tandem na ito. Isa na namang pagpatay ng ating inosenteng mamamayan. Naging barya-barya na lang ang buhay ng tao sa ilang indibidwal na batik na ng kasamaan ang mga ugali,” he added.
Bautista, a senior high school teacher at Tagaytay City National High School, was killed outside her home in Bgy. Salaban last Jan. 5 after being shot in the head.
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the assassin fled from the scene on a neon green motorcycle as local authorities have yet to determine the assailant’s identity, whereabouts, and motive behind the killings. (ai/mtvn)